U.S. Tucson shooting suspect's family releases statement

09:16, January 12, 2011      

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The family of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the weekend shooting rampage in Tucson, the U.S. state of Arizona, on Tuesday released a one-paragraph statement as their first public comment on the incident. The statement was issued by aides to the suspect's public defender Judy Clarke.

The statement reads: "This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss. Thank you. The Loughner family."

Source: Xinhua
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